Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:18 AM EDT2013-05-21 10:18:45 GMT
Authorities said a 15-year-old girl may be facing charges after driving without a license and losing control of a car in a crash that left a 10-year-old girl dead Monday afternoon. The crash happened onMore >>
Authorities said a 15-year-old may be facing charges after driving without a license and losing control of a car in a crash that left a 10-year-old dead.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:48:15 GMT
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.A witness told police that the four girls, ages 7, 5, 3 and 1, had been in the same dirtyMore >>
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:38 GMT
A widespread power outage has affected a large portion of Ascension Parish. Small portions of neighboring parishes are also affected. As of 5:40 p.m., the Entergy website reported 20,981 homes andMore >>
A widespread power outage affected a large portion of Ascension Parish and part of EBR Parish Monday. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 4:25 PM EDT2013-05-21 20:25:56 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >>
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >>
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
Imagine finishing college when most people your age are wrapping up high school. More than 500 Southern University students received degrees on Friday including one student who started at Southern when he was just 14 years old.
While the Mini Dome is filled with excited family and friends, the Stewart family proudly watches their son make history. Polite Stewart, an 18-year-old who should be a high school senior at this age, received his Bachelor's degree in science.
"To me it's not really a big deal...it really isn't," said Stewart.
The Baton Rouge native started at Southern at just 14 years old when enrolling in the university's Timbuktu Academy for gifted high school students.
"I was relaxed because I knew he could handle it. We worked with him. This was younger kids, kids his age and old kids....no problem," said Polite Stewart, Sr., the proud father.
Commencement speaker and president of the National Urban League Marc Morial says it was an honor to be in the presence of so many our state's gifted youth, like Stewart.
"It just show that there's an abundance of talent here in Louisiana," said Morial. "There's an abundance of talent that can easily be overlooked. Thank God for Southern University that's given this young man a chance to hone those God-given talents."
Stewart says his four years at Southern flew by, and there will be some things he will miss as he moves on.
"Connections I've made, the friends I've made here...now, some of them are graduating with me right now so that's great, but there are going to be some people that I leave behind that I'm going to miss," said Stewart.
His next step is grad school where he'll no doubt, once again, be the youngest in his class.